Ahmed Hegazi, one of Egypt’s star performers at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, is close to sealing a move to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. The towering centre-back is expected to join The Baggies on a season-long loan move from Egyptian league champions Al Ahly.
It will be the second stint in Europe for the 26-year old Hegazi, who spent three years in Italian football with AC Fiorentina, including a loan spell with Perugia. The Ismailia-native joined Fiorentina in 2012 from his hometown club of Ismaily, but injuries severely limited his appearances before he returned to Egyptian football in 2015.
Hegazi would become the second Ahly player in a year to make the move from the Cairo giants to the Premier League, with former teammate Ramadan Sobhi having made the jump last summer. The move would also increase the number of Egyptians playing in the Premier League next season to four, with the aforementioned Sobhi, new Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
Capped at the U20, U23 and senior level, Hegazi has made 38 appearances for the Pharaohs since making his international debut in 2011.